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Bright Sparks Creative Bursts

Bright Sparks Creative Bursts

Creative Bursts are created by Sarah Webb and supported by MoLI.

Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s writer and children’s book champion. Her children’s books include A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea, illustrated by Steve McCarthy which won the Irish Book Awards Junior Category and Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World, illustrated by Lauren O’Neill which won the Irish Book Awards Senior Category. Her latest book is Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took On the World (and Won!), illustrated by Graham Corcoran.

MoLI is committed to youth creativity and alongside the free primary schools tour and workshops programme, we also run Bright Sparks – a series of art and story workshops facilitated by Irish writers and illustrators where families embrace the opportunity to play and create together.

To get lost in a Creative Burst all you need is a pencil or pen and a notebook or piece of paper. The writing games and prompts are aimed at around age 9+ but could be done with younger children if you give them a bit of help. Also included are some more challenging story prompts for older or more experienced writers of around 11+ (every young writer is different).

Remember grown-ups: please join in too! It’s great for children to see you being creative, making mistakes and having fun on the page!

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Bright Sparks Creative Bursts #4: Picture This

There is a famous saying: ‘A picture paints a thousand words’. On today’s Bright Sparks Creative Burst, Sarah Webb uses photographs, poetry and art to inspire us to create delicious and original stories of our very own!

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Bright Sparks Creative Burst #5: A World of Colour

In today’s edition, children’s author Sarah Webb explores the wonderful world of colour and encourages you to use your imagination and add details in your work to truly bring your characters and stories alive! So, what’s your favourite colour?

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Bright Sparks Creative Bursts #7: Hidden Stories

In this Bright Sparks Creative Burst explore hidden stories by using everyday junk found around the house to inspire us to create some original pieces of work. With a little inspiration from Sarah Crossan’s #wearethepoets postcards, Sarah Webb uses blackout poetry and highlights words to make a poem. Download the materials to create some poetry or prose of your very own!

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Bright Sparks Creative Bursts #10: Food, Glorious Food!

If you had to create the world’s craziest and most delicious ice cream sundae, what would it be like? Today’s creative burst theme is food, glorious food. Join Sarah Webb on an adventure exploring some of her favourite writing games and story prompts all inspired by food!

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